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Whether you are an enthusiastic beginner or a knowledgeable connoisseur we are happy to advise and assist with tours and nosing’s where possible.

The Glenlivet is only a five-minute walk away and many of the others are a short car or taxi ride away. Most have a nominal entry fee or are free and all give a free tasting at the end of their tour. Should you wish to book on a connoisseur’s tour (and we do advise booking to avoid disappointment), then you may wish to consider one of the following:





The Malt Whisky Trail
A warm welcome awaits you in and around Speyside – home to more than half of Scotland’s distilleries.

Discover the best Scotland has to offer – Highland scenery, a beautiful coastline and attractive towns and villages. Visit the seven distilleries and cooperage on the Malt Whisky Trail,the Johnstons Cashmere Visitor Centre, craft centres, castles & gardens and Baxters of Speyside. Play on championship golf courses, fish, sail, go dolphin watching or follow the Speyside Way footpath from the coast to the shadow of the Grampian Highlands.
Please visit the www.spiritofspeyside.com

For further information please visit : www.visitscotland.com . Another useful link is www.maltwhiskytrail.com


And finally, there are a number of distilleries nearby which are closed to the public but on occasion, with some bribery and arm twisting we have been able to get guests through the door, so please ask you may be pleasantly surprised.


Holiday Cottages


Our holiday cottages are situated at Minmore House, the former home of George Smith the founder of the Glenlivet distillery and walking distance of the River Livet and River Avon (A’an).

Surrounded by the 23000 hectares of glens, forests and moorlands of the Glenlivet Estate, this is an ideal base for exploring the Cairngorm National Park, one of Scotland;s most beautiful landscapes.

This central location is excellent for exploring north east Scotland with its castle trail, whisky trail, superb gardens, and both the Moray and Aberdeenshire coasts.

See and Do


Within the local area there are a huge variety of things to do, The Glenlivet distillery is a 5-minute walk away and has a good tour and café. With beautiful scenery there are several marked walks and we are just off famous hiking routes such as the Speyside way. On good sunny day it’s worth a walk-up Ben Rinnes which is the highest peak in Moray and can be seen from the cottages. Just up the road there is also the Glenlivet Hill Trek that offers off-road tours over the Glenlivet estate.

The Glenlivet estate has the Glenlivet Mountain Bike trails just down the road near Tomitoul and cycle hire is available. We also have a couple of bikes than can be used when staying at the cottages.

Fishing is available throughout the area and we do have some fishing on the Avon and Livet (please check availability)

The local area has plenty of amazing castles and gardens to see, the ruins of Drumin and Blairfindy are a short walk away form the cottages and within an hour’s drive you can find Balmoral, Ballindaloch, Cawdor to name a few and the fantastic walled gardens at Gordon Castle.

For those guests wanting to eat out there are selection of establishments in Abelour, Tomintoul, Dufftown and Grantown-on-Spey. There are also to local pubs the Delnashaugh and the Croft which are around a 5-minute drive away.

In the winter Skiing can be found at the Lecht Ski Centre just outside Tomintoul or 45 Minutes away at Aviemore there is the Cairngorm Mountain Ski Centre.


Not far from the cottages you can find the following activities: -

  • Golf
  • Water sports
  • Skiing: – The Lecht Ski Centre is 9 miles away.
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain Bike Trails
  • Walks
  • Castles and Gardens
  • Shooting




Minmore House is an elegant stone-built country house standing amid the magnificent scenery of the Glenlivet Crown Estate in Speyside. Originally built in the 1800’s by the Smith family, founders of The Glenlivet Distillery it has stunning views over Glenlivet. Several of the original old stone out buildings have been converted into luxurious cottages giving fantastic views of some of the magnificent cairngorms national park.


The Glenlivet Estate consists of nearly 90 square miles of glens, forestry and moorlands in the Grampian Highlands. There are over 100 miles of marked trails including the Speyside Way.


Minmore is a short distance from the famous Glenlivet Distillery on ‘Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail’ with over 35 distilleries in the region. Why not book a stay, enjoy a tour of the distillery, take a beautiful walk in the stunning scenery and admire our wonderful wildlife or try a spot of fishing!



Glenlivet Cottages By Road

From the South :- Motorway to Perth, A9 to Aviemore, A95 to Ballindalloch , B9008 and follow the signposts for The Glenlivet Distillery. Minmore House and Glenlivet Cottages are 0.5 kilometres before the distillery.

From Aberdeen :- A9 to Huntly, A920 to Dufftown, B9009 to the Glenlivet Distillery. Minmore House and Glenlivet Cottages are 0.5 kilometres before the distillery.

From Inverness :- A9 south for 28 kilometres, A938 through Carrbridge, the A95 to Ballindalloch , B9008 and follow the signposts for The Glenlivet Distillery. Minmore House and Glenlivet Cottages are 0.5 kilometres before the distillery.

Glenlivet Cottages by Rail
Aviemore – Daily from London King’s Cross
Night Sleeper from London Euston
Hire cars and taxis are available at Aviemore
Approximately a 40 minute drive to Glenlivet

Glenlivet Cottages by Air

Hire cars and taxis are available at both airports.

Aberdeen Airport

From Duration Airlines
Leeds, UK 1h 0m Eastern Airways
London 1h 33m British Airways, bmi, easyJet, …
Manchester 1h 10m FlyBE, bmi
Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1h 30m KLM
Baku, Azerbaijan 5h 30m Azerbaijan
Belfast 1h 5m FlyBE
Bergen, Norway 1h 20m Wideroe
Birmingham 1h 30m FlyBE
Copenhagen, Denmark 1h 50m SAS
Dublin, Ireland 1h 35m Aer Lingus
Durham 1h 0m Eastern Airways
Esbjerg, Denmark 1h 25m bmi
Frankfurt, Germany 2h 5m Lufthansa
Groningen, The Netherlands 1h 30m bmi
Humberside International Airport 1h 10m Eastern Airways
Jersey 2h 5m FlyBE
Kirkwall 0h 50m FlyBE
Leeds 1h 0m Eastern Airways
London 1h 33m British Airways, bmi, easyJet, …
Manchester 1h 10m FlyBE, bmi
Newcastle Upon Tyne 0h 55m Eastern Airways
Norwich 1h 15m Eastern Airways, bmi
Nottingham 1h 25m Eastern Airways
Paris, France 1h 55m Air France
Southampton 1h 50m Eastern Airways
Stavanger, Norway 1h 15m Wideroe, SAS, Eastern Airways
Stornoway 0h 55m Eastern Airways
Sumburgh 1h 0m FlyBE
Wick 0h 35m Eastern Airways


Inverness Airport

From Duration Airlines
London 1h 35m FlyBE, easyJet
Stornoway 0h 40m FlyBE
Manchester 1h 25m FlyBE
Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2h 10m FlyBE
Belfast 1h 5m FlyBE
Birmingham 1h 30m FlyBE
Bristol 1h 25m easyJet
Düsseldorf, Germany 1h 55m Lufthansa
Jersey 2h 10m FlyBE
Kirkwall 0h 45m FlyBE
London 1h 35m FlyBE, easyJet
Manchester 1h 25m FlyBE
Southampton 1h 45m FlyBE
Stornoway 0h 40m FlyBE
Sumburgh 1h 5m FlyBE
Zurich, Switzerland 2h 35m Helvetic



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Minmore House has 1.5 miles of fishing on the River Avon (pronounced – aarn) and 3 miles on the River Livet. The Avon is a major tributary of the Spey, and is joined by the Livet before reaching the middle reaches of the Spey near Bridge of Avon. Minmore House Hotel has two rods on the Deskie beat available for guests with one reserved house rod for the occasional use.

A beautiful salmon, estimated at 20lb+, caught in Boat Pool  on an “Allys Shrimp” by Richard Brakell

Glenlivet Crown Estate

Lying between the Ladder and the Cromdale Hills at the NE edge of the Cairngorms, the two broad straths of the rivers Avon and Livet, form the 23,000 hectare Highland estate of Glenlivet, part of the Crown Estate.


With a special character of its own, Glenlivet exhibits some of the finest landscapes of the Grampian Highlands – clear rushing burns and rivers, sheltered straths, glens and woods, wide expanses of high heather covered hills and above all a sense of peace, solitude and open space.

Walking, mountain biking, fishing, birdwatching, skiing…….. whatever the season, all the family will find something to do in Glenlivet. A wealth of fascinating historic sites bear witness to past events that have shaped the landscape and the community that live here, while the mixed countryside supports a wide variety of upland birds and animals.

Encompassing over 90 square miles of countryside, Glenlivet’s landscape of rolling hills provides excellent opportunities for a variety of outdoor pursuits. An extensive network of over 60 miles of waymarked paths and cycling trails allows access to many remote and secluded parts of the estate.

More ambitious walkers can explore other nearby mountains or enjoy the 45 mile long Speyside Way stretches from the Moray coast to Tomintoul.

Sheltered from the prevailing winds by the Cairngorms the climate of the area is surprisingly dry. Winter snows can last well into spring, allowing downhill skiing at the Lecht, or challenging cross country skiing on the undulating hills and forest trails.

At the heart of Scotland’s whisky country and on well known Malt Whisky Trail, much of the best of the Highlands is within easy reach of Glenlivet. The many attractions of Strathspey, the beaches and fishing villages of the Moray Coast and the Castle country of Grampian and Royal Deeside, are all within an hour or so’s drive on quiet, scenic roads, where driving is still a pleasure.

The community welcomes visitors and traditional courtesies remain, in an area where there is still a sense of peace and quiet that is fast disappearing elsewhere.

Click here to visit the Glenlivet Crown Estate


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Glenlivet Cottages .co.uk
Minmore House
AB37 9DB

Telephone: 01807 590378
Email: enquiries@glenlivetcottages.co.uk

The Coach House


The Coach house is a lovely 3-bedroom stone-built cottage nestled in the Cairngorms national park with stunning views over the River Livet and Ben Rinnes. It was originally the coach house for Minmore house back in the 1800’s when the founders of The Glenlivet Distillery the Smith family lived at Minmore. It provides first class self-catered facilities and has a large fully fitted and well-equipped kitchen and luxurious fittings throughout the house.

Accommodation Downstairs
Large fully fitted and well equipped kitchen including gas cooker, electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, 2 fridges and comfortable dining area for 8.
Separate utility room with freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer.
Large comfortable lounge area with log stove, freesat television system, dvd.
Office with music system, telephone and computer with internet access.
Hall with separate downstairs wc.
1 double bedroom with en suite bath, w.c. and wash basin
Under floor central heating throughout.
Accommodation Upstairs
1 double bedroom with en suite shower, wc, and wash basin
1 master bedroom suite with 1 double bed, a separate dressing room, en suite bath, shower, wash basin and separate wc.
An airing cupboard off the main landing is fully stocked with all bed linen towels etc.
Radiator central heating throughout.Outside
Ample parking, lawn area, garden furniture, barbecue and rod room for the fisherman.